One of the most popular articles on hillsdistrictmums.com.au is our list of cafes next to play areas. Parents LOVE a place where kids are occupied for some of the time. You can then usually eat, drink and even have an adult conversation in relative peace, while of course keeping a responsible parental eye on your offspring! Unfortunately, most of the cafes listed aren’t open for dinner…but don’t stress, the Hills is full of pubs and restaurants with play areas! Here are some venues in or near the Hills where the kids can have fun while you do too!
P.S. A couple of disclaimers on this one: we haven’t tried out all these venues so can’t vouch for the food or service etc. Also, sometimes these kids play areas can get pretty full on and hectic. So do keep an eye on your little ones between sips of your beverage!
The Australian Brewery – 350 Annangrove Road, Rouse Hill
In a recent quick poll in the Hills District Mums Facebook group, this came out as a favourite for dinner with kids. And the Brewery has just upgraded its play area. The brand new indoor playland is suitable for all ages with a jumping castle, arcade games and play equipment. There is also a toddler area to the side. Read more here.
Blacktown Bowling Club – 15 Lismore St, Blacktown
A major renovation has resulted in a super little play area, new Italian inspired bistro and lovely deck, making it a perfect option for families. Find out more here.
Castle Hill RSL – 77 Castle Street, Castle Hill
This is the one of the newer ones in the Hills and it’s totally EPIC! Two separate areas, fully fenced and undercover. It’s massive so just make sure smaller kids can deal with the higher sections should they venture up there because it would be tricky to get them down if they freak out!
Ettamogah Hotel – Corner Merrivale and Windsor Roads, Kellyville Ridge
Get ready for this! Jumping castle, rock climbing ($5 for half an hour), pool tables, arcade room and a play gym! This is what’s on offer for kids at the Ettamogah Hotel. And if you love a kids eat free deal, this is on offer on a Thursday night and includes free kids rock climbing.
The Fiddler – Commercial & Windsor Roads, Rouse Hill
The Fiddler had a makeover a while back and looks pretty funky these days. The playground is sweet for little ones, is enclosed and the trees offer quite a bit of shade. It’s also scheduled for a renovation this year so we’ll keep an eye on that.
Hotel Pennant Hills – Corner of Pennant Hills Road and Railway Street, Pennant Hills
This one has just had a makeover! The kids play area has been extended and they have packed heaps into the space! There is 3 slide options, a mini trampoline and plenty of areas to explore. We were also really pleased to see a healthy kids dinner option on the menu on our last visit (Kids Healthy Platter – ham, cheese, fruit, vegetable sticks and bread) which the kids preferred over the standard deep fried fare.
Pennant Hills Bowling Club – 52 Yarrara Road, Pennant Hills
We spent several lunches here as a Mother’s Group following our new parenting sessions at Pennant Hills Community Centre. It’s had a makeover since then which includes a new little play area.
Baulkham Hills Sporting Club – 11 Renown Road, Baulkham Hills
The Baulkham Hills Sporting Club has a fenced play area for kids in the courtyard. They also have both PlayStation 3 and XBox 360 available for members – just see reception for controllers and games. If you live within a 5km radius you need to either be a member or be dining with a member to enter the Baulkham Hills Sport Club.
Glenorie RSL – 3 Post Office Road, Glenorie
The Glenorie RSL has a gorgeous outdoor area. The fully fenced grassed area has a great playground for younger kids to enjoy and plenty of space for older kids to play footy or tip. Both areas are within sight of your dining table.
Lynwood Country Club – 253 Pitt Town Road, Pitt Town
We love Lynwood Country Club. It’s a great space for adults and kids alike. There’s a fantastic playground area and kids can meet farm animals at set times during the week and on weekends – just check out their website or Facebook page for the latest details.
NBC Sports Club – 166 Windsor Road, Northmead
Kids Backyard is perfect for those who like the outdoors. They even have special themed days on weekends. Check out their Facebook Page for the latest.
Wenty Leagues Club – 50 Smith Street, Wentworthville
Hills District Mums love this place, apparently the food is great and the drinks are at club prices. There’s an enclosed indoor kids play area with a movie area inside. And for older kids there are arcade games.
Brewhouse Marayong – 6 Cobham St, Kings Park
The Brewhouse Marayong has a cool kids play area that includes a medieval-themed climbing frame, jumping castle and giant chalk board.
Wisemans Ferry Inn – Old Northern Road, Wisemans Ferry
This is a great spot if you’re up for a day trip not too far from the Hills. There’s a huge deck perfect for lunch or an early dinner and the kids will love the grassed area and surrounds with a tractor, play equipment and sometimes small animals like ducks or a lamb to pat. On Sundays and in school holidays there’s face painting, a little animal farm and a jumping castle on offer for free.
The Galston Club – 21-25 Arcadia Road Galston
The Galston Club has a kids playground with a shade cloth just outside the bistro as well as a new wood-fired pizza oven. There are tables outside too so you can watch the kids as they play.
Kings Park Tavern – 214 Sunnyholt Road, Kings Park
The fully fenced kids play area here is new! Located in the corner of the beer garden, it’s a perfect area to eat and keep an eye on your little ones.
Lily’s Seven Hills – 5 Quinn Avenue, Seven Hills
The fully fenced playground at Lily’s is new and located outside on grass. There’s also a kids arcade room called Gizmo with a variety of arcade games for kids to play.
Hotel Seven Hills – 222 Prospect Highway, Seven Hills
This bistro is cool and apparently never really packed. It has glass all around so it’s like a fish bowl. Recommended ages are 3-12. You can grab a meal and a drink and watch your kids play safely (read: go nuts!).
Quakers Inn – 7 Nirimba Drive, Quakers Hill
Whilst we don’t have a photo of this equipment, HDMs have told us it looks exactly like the artists impression. And apparently there is a big slide at the back. It is also fully fenced.
Rooty Hill RSL, 55 Sherbrooke Street Rooty Hill
There is an enclosed indoor play area at Rooty Hill RSL plus a 3 metre projection theatre which will show the latest kids movies and there’s AMF bowling and laser skirmish on site. Not the Hills, but worth a trip!
North Ryde RSL – Cnr Pittwater and Magdala Rds, North Ryde
Again this is not the Hills but it is worth a mention as you can actually drop your kids and run!! They have an area called the Tribal Zone. You pay $6, check your kids in with qualified staff, you get a buzzer and they buzz you if they need you (or if the kids want you). The Tribal Zone has a big adventure playground with ball room (height restriction of 150cm tall), arcade games, mini carousel and air hockey and is suitable for children and teenagers from 3-17 years old. There is a maximum of 2 hours supervision – (or at the discretion of staff).
The Ranch – Cnr Epping & Herring Rds, North Ryde
The Ranch has a cool little kids area located outdoors, an arcade area, kids ping pong tables and face painting every Friday and Saturday night and Sunday lunch.
Greystanes Hotel – 701 Merrylands Road, Greystanes
Again, The Greystanes Hotel is a little further afield but it also has a brand new outdoor play area which is spacious and fully enclosed.
Did we include your favourite?